Different Types Of Mascaras

Get to know all about how these distinct kinds serve you in achieving exquisite lashes.

By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

From various textures, formulations, shapes, and sizes, the types of mascaras are evolving in the makeup industry. Everybody loves defined lashes that enhance their makeup look and always make them look ready to take over the world. So, proceed to read through the different mascaras types and find one that fits your bill perfectly. Keep scrolling!

Different Types Of Mascara

There are different types & compositions of mascaras available in the market which change your entire eye look in a second.

Short lashes? Try a lengthening mascara.
Thin lashes? Try a thickening mascara.
Straight lashes? Try a curling mascara.
All three? Try a volumizing mascara.
All you need to know is how to apply mascara in the right way.

  • Water soluble Mascaras get easily smudged/ flaked & are not long wearing. They can be easily removed with any basic makeup remover.
  • Water proof Mascaras don’t get smudged & are long staying. They are the best bet for summers & Monsoons. They are hard to remove with ordinary removers and needs special oil-based makeup removers. These are highly processed formulas which stay intact on eyes for long hours.

Apart from this broad classification Mascaras are sub categorized again Into powder, cream and liquid mascaras.

1. Powder Mascara

Powder Mascara is very different from wet and dry mascara. You add a few drops of water into it and use it with a wand. The mascara sets to give a false eyelash kind of a finish.

2. Cream Mascara

Creamy Mascara provides volume to thin and sparse eyelashes and adds depth to the eyes. But this can smudge easily so you will need a special kind of applicator for it.

3. Liquid Mascara

These mascaras are easily found and the most common of all and are mostly used by women who have slightly curled lashes. It enhances and sharpens the lashes. These are available in both water resistant and water-soluble variants.

Fun Fact
Victorian women used a homemade mascara to create the illusion of long dark eyelashes. They prepared it by heating the mixture of ash and elderberry juice on a plate.

Choosing Right Mascara Applicator

Mascara Applicator comes in different shapes and sizes, and each wand serves a different purpose.

  • Straight mascara wands are easy to use as they allow easier access to small lashes and inner eye lid lashes. You can also hold the brush at different angles to fully coat the lashes.
  • Curved Brush is perfect for those who are looking for more curls and an extra lift to the lashes. Comb shaped mascara is designed to discourage clumping and separates the lashes.
  • A Comb Brush helps to separate the lashes and gives an even application. It further adds length and volume to the lashes.
  • A Big Brush Mascara coats more mascara and gives more volume to the eyelashes. The wand has tightly spaced bristles, which is perfect for extra thickness. A big mascara brush can add clumps and can be hard to use at times, but with some practice you will get used to it.
  • Long Brush is best for lengthening as a long wand with even space won’t provide as much volume as a big brush. They are recommended to separate and define lashes.
  • Small Brush is better for small lashes, as it doesn’t clump the lashes, thereby offering thickness.

Different Formulas Of Mascaras

1. Lengthening Mascara

Lengthening mascara adds length to the existing lashes. Brushes of most lengthening mascaras have denser bristles, which allow the mascara to get onto the lashes especially on the tips.

This mascara is best for people with short and sparse eyelashes. To create the most length, you must apply at least two coats of mascara on the lashes. When the mascara is applied, these fibers bind to the tips of the eyelashes, making them appear longer.

2. Thickening/Volumizing Mascaras

Volumizing Mascara helps you achieve fuller and thicker eyelashes as it contains a thicker formula of waxes and silicone polymers. It claims to be perfect for people with thin or sparse eyelashes, regardless of length. Unlike lengthening mascaras, they don’t apply synthetic fibers and are designed to complement the shape and color of our natural lashes.

3. Curling Mascara

Curling Mascaras help to enhance the natural curl of the lashes. The mascara consistency is a little thicker than other types of mascaras, which further helps to hold the curl.

StyleCraze Says
You can apply powder to your lashes with a Q tip before applying the mascara. This will add more volume to your lashes.

4. Lash Defining Mascaras

Lash Defining Mascara is an all-in-one product that offers volume and thickness. These are usually available as waterproof. Owing to its consistency and texture, it spreads evenly and each eyelash looks separate, fine and beautifully curled to give which gives volume and thickness, thus offering a perfect appearance.

Most of the mascaras available in the market offer all these properties but a lash defining mascara is unique because it contains special pigments and polymers to define lashes from root to tip. Lash Defining mascaras give a natural look to the eyelashes and is the most appropriate mascara for every day wear.

5. Non–Clumping Mascara

These are the latest addition in the market and contain glycerin and silk extracts, which give the lashes a neat finish. The applicators have a longer wand for a deeper finish.

6. Water Soluble/Regular And Water Proof/ Water Resistant

  • Water soluble Mascaras get easily smudged/ flaked & are not long wearing. They can be easily removed with any basic makeup remover.
  • Water proof Mascaras don’t get smudged & are long staying. They are the best bet for summers & Monsoons. They are hard to remove with ordinary removers and needs special oil-based makeup removers. These are highly processed formulas which stay intact on eyes for long hours.

The makeup world is spoiling us with endless choices, and no, we cannot complain. The market is brimming with different types of mascara today, and our options for rocking different looks have only increased tremendously. From powder mascaras to cream and liquid, mascaras come in different forms to cater to your unique needs. Whether you want to go for thick lashes or long, super curly lashes, or defined ones, there is a mascara that can fulfill all of these wishes! So, pamper yourself with these mascaras and get yourself the desired look.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to wear waterproof mascara everyday?

Using waterproof mascara everyday may cause your eyelashes to get dry and easily fall off. It can leave your eyelashes dehydrated and unhealthy.

Is it okay to wear mascara everyday?

It is not advisable to use mascara daily as it may cause damage. Instead apply some oil to your lashes to keep them healthy.

What mascara do makeup artists use?

Most makeup artists use long lasting mascaras that add volume and length to lashes. This also depends on whether they are applying makeup for a red carpet event, film shooting, theater, period piece, runway show, etc.

What mascara does Kylie Jenner use?

To give herself that everyday natural look, Kylie Jenner uses a brown shaded overcurl mascara.

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